Utah school realizes it shouldn’t ask students to make terrorist propaganda …

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Did This Civics Teacher Ask Her Students to Create Terror Propaganda Posters? Hint: Yes.

The point of the task was to help students grasp “the goals of terrorist groups and the methods they use to gain support,” according to a worksheet cited by the Associated Press, which reported that the assignment was given earlier this week at Salem Junior High School, in Salem, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah school apologized Thursday for a classroom assignment in which students were asked to create a propaganda poster for a group such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to understand the goals and methods of terror groups.“She wanted the students to understand how propaganda can be wrong and lead people incorrectly,” Lana Hiskey, a spokeswoman for the Nebo school district, said of the teacher. No disciplinary action was planned against the teacher, who is apologetic and has met with school administrators, said Hiskey, who declined to provide the educator’s name.

Utah’s 2KUTV, a CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City, was informed of the assignment after an anonymous parent called to express concern, fearing their child would end up on an FBI watch list for researching terrorist propaganda. The assignment came as students were discussing the Middle East, terrorism and propaganda, including the use of propaganda during World War II, Hiskey said. Her mother thinks it’s an inappropriate topic for her teenager to explore while the world remains on high alert after recent threats from the deadly terrorist organization. Annie Langston’s 14-year-old daughter Mikalia was one of the 60 or so students who were assigned the project and she told Fox 13 that her first reaction was ‘there’s no way you’re going to do this assignment’. I feel a different assignment or report could’ve been chosen or a discussion in class about the tragic events.” Langston received a response from the teacher soon after, apologizing for the misunderstanding and informing her the assignment had been canceled.

Langston says that in the course of researching her assignment, her daughter Googled’ how to recruit for ISIS’ which may have triggered some unwanted attention. ‘They’ve sat down with this particular teacher, and it has been taken care of,’ Langston said. ‘The assignments that have already been turned in, they have been shredded.’ The teacher responded to Langston’s email promptly apologizing and told her that the project had been cancelled. While she disagreed with the project, Langston says she doesn’t want the teacher to lose her job and thinks that she has been a good teacher to her daughter otherwise.

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